THESE HONORED DEAD How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory

Item# ISBN 0-306-81382-3

Ever since the guns of Gettysburg fell silent, and Lincoln delivered his famous two-minute speech four months after the battle, the story of this three-day conflict in July 1863 has become an American legend. But how much truth is behind the legend? In "These Honored Dead," Tomas A. Desjardin, a prominent Civil War historian and a perceptive cultural observer, demonstrates how flawed our knowledge of this enormous event has become and explains why that has happened. He examines how each generation of Americans, for seven score years, has shaped and reshaped the story of Gettysburg. This is, in effect, a biography of a story--the story of Gettysburg.

2003 paperback, 246 pages.